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Well, here it is again. Foodie PenPal Reveal day. I have to say that this is a real fun thing to do every month, but sadly I will be taking the summer off from it.
I just have so many things going that I can’t find the time for, somethings need to take a backseat. Know what I mean?
It still surprises me every month how people can send you things that are just perfect for you!
Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Crystalized Ginger, Tomato~Garlice Antipasto & Amaranth 🙂
I’ve never NEVER tried Brown Rice Syrup. Isn’t that strange? I mean come on! Never!!! I am now on the look~out for the very best, top of the class recipe for this sweet sweet stuff! Anyone out there wanna share one?
Also another staple we’ve never tried is Amaranth! As Gluten free (most of the time) Vegans (as best as we can be), it’s pretty strange that we’ve never had this! I’m making it tonight to see how we like it (or love it!)
Crystalized Ginger is a Family Favorite here. We use it for Stomach aches, sometimes when we travel long distances, after a heavy meal or just as a nice spicy little treat! These went straight into the snack cupboard (after we each tried a piece~ YUMMY!)
The Tomato & Garlic Antipasto was such a nice surprise. I don’t buy stuff like that too often because it’s just too expensive (in my opinion). But having someone treat you to it is another story! I grabbed a handful of crackers & cracked that jar open.
I’ll admit that it was very tomato~y. Not bad, but not the kind of thing for Crackers 😉 Good thing we were having Pizza that night! I thought it would be perfect!
How yummy does that look?
Topped off with Fresh Market Chard, I was in heaven!
So I was right. It was the PERECT thing for pizza, it’s going to be hard to go back to regular pizza sauce!
My Foodie PenPals Package was super wonderful this month. Thank you so much Helene for thinking of such great things to send me. I’m really hoping this summer goes by without too much sadness of missing out on this. But I shall be back in October for more!And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals. In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about: If you want more information Please see Lindsey’s site Lean Green Bean : -On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. If you’re interested in participating for May, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. You must submit your information by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on May 5th! *If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!
It’s Friday again Everyone!!! How was your week? Do you have any amazing plans for the Loooooong Weeeeeekend????? I have a special visitor in town, my MOM!!! It was her birthday yesterday, & she’s here all weekend. Can’t wait to hang~out, catch up & tour her around our little Island Paradise!
For now, grab a mug of Tea (or coffee or wine ~ you know the drill!) & get to reading some of my must read, go to posts this week! Have a great weekend!
Hmmm, where to start?
Here’s (another) great post from Kris Carr’s site about support ourselves & being perfect… sounds good doesn’t it!
Ok…. are you a Business Woman out there? Do you need to Mastermind a Kick~A** group of people, a posse if you will? Danielle LaPonte talks about how to do just that here. (p.s. I’m looking for a Kick~A** posse to collaborate with, interested? drop me a line!!)
Are you Vegan or Vegetarian? Do you sometimes fall ‘off the wagon‘? Don’t feel guilt pls, we have a ‘thing’ with Cheese too (but we try to keep it once or twice a month)
I haven’t shared a recipe for a while, but when I saw this one for Black Been SeaWeed Salad I had to! How amazing does this look right!!!!
I love Coconut Milk (& Coconut Water), The Best life shows us her top 5 ways of using Coconut Milk, what’s your favorite?
Jess over at Wellness Warrior has a great post about some Health Myths that you may just be getting tricked by. Did you know all of these were not true???
Being a Stress Management Coach, I teach people how to reduce Bad Stress & Support their Bodies thru times of Stress. But there is ‘good’ stress out there too. Here Vienda gives you some pointers on how to make stress work for you!
Are you thinking of taking part in a more Vegan or Vegetarian lifestyle (1st congrats!!) Don’t know how or where to start? Here are some great tips! Paul is a wonderfully down to earth guy who has a ton of knowledge, & although I haven’t gotten his book (yet), maybe he’ll see this little post & offer me & a lucky viewer a deal 😉 hehe.
Well, that’s about it for now. Hope you enjoyed the read’s & have a wonderful Loooooooon Weeeeeeekend!!! 🙂
I love me a good mug of tea. Green Tea, Lavender Tea, PassionFlower Tea, Ginger Tea. You name it, & I’ll probably love it! I prefer Loose Tea to Tea Bags, I just have this feeling like it’s much more ‘Real’, not just ground up flakes. It’s also pretty cool to see all those leaves & petals floating around. Sight & Smell is all around better with Loose Tea.
So when I found out that Mountain Rose Herbs had done some amazing Transformations on their Tea line, I had to see for myself! Here’s what they have to say about it:
After two years of carefully sourcing and selecting recycled materials, we’re delighted to present a package that is sustainable, stunning, and worthy of our certified organic and fair trade teas. All of our 4oz teas will now arrive boxed in this recycled loveliness.
Here’s what makes our new box so special:
Cardboard Tea Box
– 100% post-consumer waste recycled newspaper
– Biodegradable / Compostable
– Printed with soy ink and water-based varnish
– Recyclable labels
Inner Tea Bag
– Non-GMO tree cellulose, an industrial bi-product from the Pacific Northwest
– 100% Compostable
– Resealable with adhesive tab for freshness
– 100% Certified Organic Ingredients
– Earth Kosher Certified
– IMO Fair For Life ~ Fair Trade Certified varieties
– Time-tested formulas handcrafted by us for over 20 years
– 65 green, black, red, white and herbal blends to experience
– Prevents color and nutrient leaching by light
– Offers better protection during shipping to prevent crushed and broken bags
– Local co-ops and health food stores will now be able to stock our tea in the tea aisle
– Allows us to include detailed brewing instructions and a “resources saved” report
– Beautifully designed to site on your kitchen shelf
– Perfect gift for tea lovers
– Embossed with full color photos of our tea printed using soy-inks and eco-friendly water based varnish
Now our organic teas are as sustainable as they are delicious! So, sip sustainably and help us support organic agriculture one cup at a time.
So what are you waiting for? Their Peace Tea is Delish as is the Blossoms of Health Tea, & they even have Herbal Coffee (for you non~tea lovers). Go now & try a new favorite out today!
Good Morning Friday Followers!! How has your week been? Anything exciting going on for this Mothers Day Weekend? My boys are taking me on our Annual Brunch~ Can’t wait!!!! If you are a Mama, let me be the first to wish you a very Happy & Relaxing Mothers day!
If you’ve been following me on Facebook & Twitter, (or just reading along on the site), you may have noticed me mentioning some transitions & changes that are & will continue to happen around here for the next little while. Please bear with me during these changes.
I have been feeling a little stretched in ways that I didn’t want to be pulled. I am re~evaluating what I am here for. I want to be your go~to girl for Nutrition, Whole Vegan/Vegetarian Healthy Eating & Living Tips, Tricks, Supplement questions, Natural Detoxing Quests, Detoxing aids, & Natural Stress Management planning. I feel as though I’m not going into my bag of tricks as often as I’d like. I love to be of help. But I have to find my space, the place that is open & waiting for me.
In the meantime, I have added another interesting & informative section on this page for you. It’s my Top Ten!!! For now I only have a few, but I am eagerly awaiting your suggestions for more pages…
As for my Regular Friday Fix. Here are a few Must Reads for your weekend pleasure! Grab a mug of Green Tea, an Americano (a Juice) or a beautiful glass of Chardonnay & enjoy 😉
Conscious Divas (oh I love them). Has a great article about how to Advance your Health. (I teach my clients to ‘upgrade their habits’ ~Tamatoe Tomato) 😉
Creative Spiritual Woman asks us this “what are you doing“? Really, take a minute to think about it, see what you come up with 🙂
You all know my love for Detoxing, & I’m always talking about upping your water intake (even if that means drinking tea)…. so here is a double~whammy! Detox Tea that doesn’t taste like a Detox Tea!
On another note… Are you a follower of You.Naturally on FaceBook? I am striving to have over 150 followers by the end of May. If you haven’t ‘liked’ the page yet please go to it, if you have please share it with friends. I appreciate the love!
Last but not least, here (again) is my survey. I’d love to know what you think about the site, what you want to see more of, less or & everything in between! Please take a minute & help me out! After all, in the end, it will be of help to all of you!
Thanks to you all, you’re Beautiful! I love being here to help, share & believe! Have a Wonderful Mothers Day Weekend!
Hi Everyone! Hope you’re week went FABULOUS!!!
I have some great reads for you. You know the drill; Grab a mug of Tea, Coffee or Wine (depending on your time zone). & get comfy for my picks for the week!
Do you want to know what house plants are best at purifying the air in your home? Wake Up World has a list here, they also have a cool photo showing how the world eats. It’s been floating around the internet for a while now, but if you haven’t seen it yet you should check it out!
Being an advocate for Vitamins or Supplements, I also think it’s important to take the proper ones. Here’s a post on how to tell if your Supplements aren’t the right kind. (pure or synthetic)
Being into Detoxing, I know how amazing Epsom Salts can be, but I never knew how great they were for Gardening~ thanks Wake Up World!
Kris Carr shows us why we need to get rid of the clutter …… in our minds!!!
Creative Spiritual Women shows us here how to be defenseless!
Here is a great site if you are looking to up the Vegan in your house. Recipes Galore!!!
Well, we all want an inspired life right? Maybe, just maybe this read will do it?
One of my favorite web~sites, MindBodyGreen shows us 7 Limitless ways to Give, 5 ways to attract Goodness, 5 steps to creating Positive Outcomes, & 5 ways to say what you want to say (& change the world!)
Free Movies to Watch :
who doesn’t love a free movie right? So make up some Fresh PopCorn, drizzle some Coconut Oil & Cacao Powder on top,
grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea & enjoy these interesting documentary flicks!
When Food Kills;
Vital Force: Rediscovering Health the Natural Way;
FYI, May 5th is International Herb day. Do you LOVE Herbs? DO you use them in your meals? Do you Grow them? What are your Favorite Herbs? Check out a few Herbs & their Nutritional Content (Part 1) here that I talked about Recently!